Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Cogitation

So much has been going on in the garden I have hardly had time to stop and think. Today is the day. I am worn out. You see I have been encouraged by this warm spring weather we have been having.
I have had my first plant shopping trip. It was fun not only because of all the plants I have purchased but I was with some of my favorite people, my daughter, sister, niece and cousin. I wish I had a picture of this motley crew.  We easily filled the back end of a full sized truck with all our purchases.
Something I have wanted for a long time is one of these rocks that someone carved-out a niche for water, or I guess you could plant some alpines in it. It doesn't hold water for long I can tell you. I didn't think I would ever pay for a rock like this because, as I kept telling myself, I could drill out a scoop like this if I really wanted to. You know how that is. I never did it so I decided to just buy one. This one even had moss already growing on it.
I don't have too many succulents but this one really was amazing. It looks like a neon plastic hens & chicks. It really is this color and the tag says it will be like this during winter and go to a lime green during summer. Now won't this be interesting to see if it does. It is called 'Gold Nugget'.  Newly available  this year. I am looking forward to see how it grows and colors itself. 
I have had to dig out some sod to plant some plants. I bought a Peony 'Itoh Bartzella' on faith. You don't see it sitting behind the Heucherellas 'Solar Eclipse' because it wasn't up yet. I am hoping the rain we had last night will awaken it. I can always take it back if it doesn't awaken but it is a long drive to do so. This purchase sort of spurred my yellow thinking. You see the Peony is to have yellow blooms and these Heucherellas have a yellow tinge with red veins. 
I bought some yellow paint a gave the old white bird cage a good going over. I like this splash of yellow  on the patio with all the blue and greens.
Yes, I am about ready for summer to begin. So much is happening I haven't been able to get anything posted.
Some of columbine are blooming. This means I had to get out the hummingbird feeder because they could be coming in at any moment. 
I could go on and on but I won't right now. How is spring shaping up in your garden?


11 comments:

  1. Oh your garden is beautiful ~ lovely choices of plants and fun to be with family ~ great shots ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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    1. I hope you have a good week too Carol.

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  2. That succulent puts my Forsythia to shame! My Itoh peony (also a yellow one) is my last Peony to push up. I haven't seen it yet and a few of my "early" ones just have the tiniest little tip showing, so I would not worry. Painting the bird cage yellow makes it look like an antique. And nothing says spring like blue and yellow.

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    1. Funny you should say that. The first thing Gary said was that it looked like and antique. It is an old cage.

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  3. That succulent is amazing! I wonder if I can find something like that around here. I'm sure you had a great time on your shopping expedition and wish I could have been with all of you. I'm just thrilled that Beckie found some 'Homestead' verbena for me, because I haven't been able to find it around here the last few years. I agree it's a busy, but good kind of busy, time in the garden right now. I pushed myself to work longer than usual yesterday, and today I can't move without aching:)

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    1. The succulent is quite the conversation piece. I got it at Robin's Nest. She tries to have new things every year. Tena had one already. That is where I saw it first. Fun...
      I know what you mean about being sore. I had a lost day yesterday. My foot was so sore I couldn't walk. Must learn to pace this old body. ha..

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  4. WOW you went on quite the shopping spree! :p
    That succulent is fantastic but I think my favorite acquisition is the rock.

    BIG thumbs up on buying that rock. :D

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    1. Yep, I am going to spree myself to the poor house. ha..Can't hardly stop myself this time of year.

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  5. I'll look forward to seeing the progress of your rock garden throughout the growing season! I've been thinking of doing something like that, too, after seeing it on several blogs. I have a few big boulders that would be perfect for it, and as you say, they already have moss growing on them. Fun, fun. The bird cage looks great! Nice touches throughout your garden.

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  6. Bird cage looks great! I want a rock like yours!

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  7. That's my favorite thing in the springtime - going plant shopping. Looks like you came away with a nice haul. And I love the blue and yellow! Your patio is so pretty.

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